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April 18, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Korean auto importer Kia Motors America is realigning the duties of its two top officers, splitting operations between its new president, W.K. Kim, and its longtime chief operating officer, W. Greg Warner, the company said Thursday. The shuffle eliminated the position of executive director of field operations, held by Lloyd Brenner since the company began operations in 1993. Brenner was let go. None of Kia's 175 remaining employees will be laid off, a spokesman said. A vice president, J.S.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Hyundai Motor America President and Chief Executive John Krafcik will step down at the end of his contract on Dec. 31, making way for successor David Zuchowski to take over both posts effective Jan. 1. Zuchowski joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007 and currently serves as executive vice president of sales. "We sincerely thank John for his visionary leadership and relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction, which has driven Hyundai's record growth over the past five years," said Im Tak Uk, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor Co.  PHOTOS: The Hyundais involved in those inflated mileage claims The company described Zuchowski as a 33-year veteran of the automotive industry.
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BUSINESS
January 6, 1999
Just weeks after bankrupt Kia Motors Corp. was taken over by rival Hyundai Motor Co., a Hyundai official has been named chief executive of Irvine-based Kia Motors America, the North American import and distribution arm of the Seoul-based auto maker. B.M. Ahn becomes president and CEO of Kia Motors America, succeeding W.K. Kim, who had held the positions for nearly two years. Ahn was with Hyundai Precision & Industry Co., heading the export business division for the European and Russian markets.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America overstated the fuel economy on nearly a million late model vehicles and will issue owners special debit cards to reimburse the extra money they are paying for fuel. The error was announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors the fuel economy tests by automakers. The mileage on most vehicle labels will be reduced by 1 to 2 miles per gallon, and the largest adjustment will be 6 mpg highway for the Kia Soul, federal regulators said.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1994 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
New Entries: Separately, Kia Motors America said that its Sephia sedan will offer air bags in the upgraded LS and GS models in March, along with a curvier front end. The company's Sportage sport utility vehicle is scheduled to hit U.S. dealerships on Jan. 3. The base prices for the various trim and equipment packages will range from $14,000 to $18,000.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mountain View-based Silicon Graphics Inc. said it expects to break even, below analysts' expectations, in its fiscal second quarter after failing to meet demand for its newest computers because of manufacturing delays. . . . Hyundai Motor Co. said it named M.H. Juhn president of Hyundai Motor America, which is based in Fountain Valley. . . . Irvine-based Kia Motors America named Woon Keun Kim president and chief executive.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1997
South Korea's Kia Motors Corp., shrugging off a financial crisis that prompted a government bailout this fall, said it will expand its U.S. product line from two models to seven in the next four years. Irvine-based Kia Motors America, which now sells the Sephia compact sedan and Sportage sport-utility vehicle in the U.S., said it will introduce a two-door convertible Sportage in the spring, a minivan and two new subcompact cars in the 2000 model year and a new mid-size sedan in 2001.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2000 | MARC BALLON
Kia Motors America said Wednesday that it plans to dismiss 20 of its 225 workers at the company's Irvine headquarters, even though its U.S. auto sales are booming. The U.S. arm of Kia Motors Corp. of South Korea took the action to improve the bottom line, spokesman Geno Effler said. Kia Motors America has yet to make money since it began selling in the U.S. in 1994. "We had a very good 1999, but this is a key year for us to become profitable," Effler said. The U.S.
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December 18, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine-based Kia Motors America, riding two years of heady sales growth, reorganized its top management Monday. J.H. Lee, former head of parent Hyundai Motor Co.'s Canadian operations, will take over as president of the U.S. import and distribution company. Executive Vice President Peter M. Butterfield will add the title and duties of chief operating officer, taking over day-to-day operations.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-largest automaker, said President Byung Mo Ahn was adding the duties of chief executive of its Irvine-based U.S. unit, replacing Len Hunt, who left the company. Kia Motors America's vice president of marketing, Ian Beavis, also left, the Seoul-based company said. Kia said Tom Loveless, vice president of sales, would now report directly to Ahn. "These changes are being made in an effort to respond to rapidly changing market conditions in the United States," the company said.
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January 24, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Kia Motors America will recall almost 150,000 older Optima sedans and Rondo crossover vehicles because of a defect that could prevent the driver's side air bag from deploying in a collision, the company said. The South Korean automaker said the recall covers 2006 to 2008 Optimas and Rondos from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company no longer sells the Rondo. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the clock-spring assembly used in the air-bag system can become damaged over time and prevent the air bag from deploying.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Kia Motors America and Los Angeles Clippers all-star Blake Griffin are extending their affiliation, which started with the NBA player dunking over a Kia Optima sedan this year, as the company announced a multiyear deal that would make Griffin a global spokesman for the automaker. Kia and Griffin declined to disclose the terms of the deal. But the partnership will involve Griffin appearing on advertising material, making appearances for the company and taking part in other brand events, according to a statement.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-largest automaker, said President Byung Mo Ahn was adding the duties of chief executive of its Irvine-based U.S. unit, replacing Len Hunt, who left the company. Kia Motors America's vice president of marketing, Ian Beavis, also left, the Seoul-based company said. Kia said Tom Loveless, vice president of sales, would now report directly to Ahn. "These changes are being made in an effort to respond to rapidly changing market conditions in the United States," the company said.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine-based Kia Motors America, riding two years of heady sales growth, reorganized its top management Monday. J.H. Lee, former head of parent Hyundai Motor Co.'s Canadian operations, will take over as president of the U.S. import and distribution company. Executive Vice President Peter M. Butterfield will add the title and duties of chief operating officer, taking over day-to-day operations.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Figuring that what's done wonders for big brother will be good for little brother too, Irvine-based Kia Motors America today will launch its version of the auto industry's longest warranty--a carbon copy of the 10-year, 100,000-mile coverage offered by Hyundai Motor America. Providing the long-term warranty is an effort by the South Korean auto importer to assure potential customers that the quality of its vehicles has improved dramatically since they were introduced in the U.S. in 1994.
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February 24, 2000 | MARC BALLON
Kia Motors America said Wednesday that it plans to dismiss 20 of its 225 workers at the company's Irvine headquarters, even though its U.S. auto sales are booming. The U.S. arm of Kia Motors Corp. of South Korea took the action to improve the bottom line, spokesman Geno Effler said. Kia Motors America has yet to make money since it began selling in the U.S. in 1994. "We had a very good 1999, but this is a key year for us to become profitable," Effler said. The U.S.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1994 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than six months after beginning sales in the United States, Kia Motors America has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 7,000 cars to replace sensors that control speedometers and cruise controls. Only about half the 6,945 cars subject to the recall have actually been sold to private buyers, the company indicated. The others are still on dealers' lots or waiting to be shipped to dealers.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's two South Korean car importers are changing presidents as part of their policy of rotating top executives among various corporate operations. Woon Keun Kim has been appointed president and chief executive of Irvine-based Kia Motors America, the North American import and distribution arm of Seoul-based Kia Motors Corp. He replaces H.R. Park, who has presided over Kia's U.S. operations since the company set up offices in Irvine in 1993.
BUSINESS
November 18, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kia Motors America said Wednesday it has fired San Francisco's Goldberg Moser O'Neill as its advertising agency--a surprise move just weeks after the car maker publicly praised GMO for helping raise its public profile with an ongoing series of humorous ads. Kia said it already is negotiating with another agency, which it did not name, and hopes to seal a deal in the next few weeks.
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